Special to the Daily Journal
Franklin College nearly took host Bluffton University into overtime, but fell short in a 72-69 Heartland Conference men’s basketball contest Saturday afternoon.
The host Beavers improved to 5-7 in the HCAC and 9-10 overall while the Grizzlies dropped to 6-6 in the league and 11-8 overall.
Following a closely contested opening half, Bluffton moved ahead by as many as 10 points on several occasions in the second period — in the last instance with 7:47 left — before Franklin rallied to make it interesting.
Trailing by five in the final minute, the Grizzlies cut the deficit to two points at 69-67 when senior forward Gunner Erwin hit a 3-point basket with 16 seconds left.